Frankie Lee Sims was a Texas Blues guitarist with a rocking, roughed-up style that gave him some early regional popularity and one national hit record in the 50s. He lived a rough life too, and got into the kind of trouble that scared record companies away, so he didn’t figure in the Folk/Blues revival ten years later that made his cousin Lightnin’ Hopkins a world star.
Frankie’s excellent original version of ‘Lucy Mae Blues’;
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[stextbox id=”custom” caption=”Frankie Lee Sims Discography” float=”true” align=”left” width=”350″]This 20 track compilation gathers together the best of Frankie’s singles recorded in his most productive period on the West-coast. Frankie’s Blues style has a primitive quality that harks back to the days of juke-joints and fish-fries, and he wrote some good songs too.
[/stextbox]When the Folk/Blues revival gathered pace, Frankie’s cousin Lightnin’ Hopkins was discovered playing in small bars in Houston, and was soon propelled onto the world stage, but the wave of interest passed Frankie by. He was very fond of the bottle and had some trouble with The Law over a shooting incident. Frankie played bar gigs in Dallas throughout the 60s, until he was laid low by a bout of pneumonia in 1970, and quickly passed away.